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Tesla Cyberquad for kids recalled after an adult crashed

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Radio Flyer recalled the Tesla Cyberquad for Kids that it built in partnership with Tesla for failing to meet safety standards. The company will issue full refunds to any buyer. To make matters worse, it seems this all happened because an adult crashed one.

To be fair, there is more to the story than that. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the electric toy “It does not meet the requirements of federal mandatory youth ATV safety standards, including mechanical suspension and maximum tire pressure.”

Tesla announced a full-size adult Cyberquad during the Cybertruck presentation, and none are available to buy. However, in late 2021, the company worked with Radio Flyer to release the Cyberquad for Kids with a starting price of $1,900.

The kids’ toy is similar to many other toy vehicle replicas sold by Radio Flyer, with styles including a Jeep, a Tesla Model Y and more. However, the Cyberquad for Kids goes 15 miles on a charge and hits speeds of 10 MPH thanks to a 500-watt electric motor and 288-Wh battery.

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The Cyberquad for Kids is designed for single passengers and has a maximum weight of 150 pounds. Unlike similar toys, it has a full steel frame, adjustable suspension, disc brakes, rugged ATV-style tires, Cybertruck-inspired LED light bars and more.

Unfortunately, the CPSC report indicates that two people were in one, a 36-year-old woman and her daughter, who collided and were injured. The commission then opened an investigation and determined that the Cyberquad for Kids is not a toy but rather a “juvenile off-road vehicle.” Here’s what the takedown notice said:

“The Cyberquad lacks a CPSC-approved ATV Action Plan, which is required to manufacture, import, sell, or distribute ATVs. ATV Action Plans contain numerous safety requirements, such as training of drivers, dissemination of safety information, age recommendations, and other safety measures. These ATV safety standards are in place to reduce the risks of crashes and injuries, preventing serious injury or death.”

Essentially, the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that it violates federal all-terrain vehicle (ATV) youth safety standards. The mechanical suspension and maximum tire pressure were not adequate, did not meet the correct criteria, and appeared to lack the proper information on a typical ATV’s safety label.

And now that? Well, Radio Flyer says that Tesla sold nearly 5,000 units through its online store and asks owners to return the motor controller and powertrain for a full $1,900 refund. Removing those parts renders the Cyberquad for Kids inoperable.

The Cyberquad for Kids was certainly more advanced than some of Radio Flyer’s other vehicles, including a Tesla Model S for kids, so it makes sense that it would require a higher security plan. Still, I find it strange that Radio Flyer didn’t consider this during the manufacturing phase.

For now, Cyberquad for Kids is no longer for sale and we are not sure if it will return.

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